The Indo-Pacific: What's in a name?
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The Indo-Pacific: What's in a name?

In this essay in The American Interest, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf explains the rise of an Indo-Pacific conception of Asia. He argues that this emerging maritime super-region is defined in large part by China’s expanding economic and strategic horizons. To manage China’s entry to the Indian Ocean and India’s to the Pacific, an Indo-Pacific security order will need a third or ‘minilateral’ layer of cooperation, something between alliances and inclusive multilateralism. 

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The Indo-Pacific: What's in a name?

Rory Medcalf

The American Interest

November/December 2013


The article can be accessed here in the November/December 2013 issue of The American Interest (Vol. 9. No. 2).

Areas of expertise: Indo-Pacific strategy; Australian security and foreign policy; Australia’s key security relationships including the Quad; strategic impacts of the rise of China and India; maritime security; nuclear issues